Last updated: August 14. 2014 4:57PM - 2866 Views
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LIMA — Relatives of a man who died have filed a lawsuit against a nursing home over the care he received.

David Courtney, the administrator of the estate of Donald Ballard, and Doneta Ballard, Ballard’s surviving wife, filed the lawsuit in Allen County Common Pleas Court against HFC of Shawnee and Shawnee Manor Nursing Home of Lima seeking more than $25,000 in damages.

A representative of the nursing home declined to comment.

Courtney said Ballard was admitted into the nursing home on Feb. 2, 2013, for rehabilitation after breaking his patella. At the time, he was at risk for developing pressure sores on his heel, ankles and feet, according to the lawsuit.

The staff at Shawnee Manor failed to identify the risk of pressure sores and did not properly care for Ballard leading to pressure ulcers on both heels, ankles and feet, which became infected, Courtney said in the lawsuit.

Ballard was discharged from Shawnee Manor April 2, 2013, and admitted to Lima Memorial Health System to treat his pressure ulcers. The ulcers continued to get worse and Ballard developed gangrene, according to the lawsuit.

From April 2, 2013, to June 30, 2013, Ballard developed numerous complications as a result of the ulcers that also included urinary tract infection, pulmonary aspiration and sepsis, according to the lawsuit.

Ballard received numerous types of treatment to try to treat his medical problems but his condition grew worse. He died July 1, 2013, which the lawsuit said was the result of his pressure ulcers and other medical problems.

The lawsuit said staff members at the nursing home were negligent in his treatment. The lawsuit said he suffered, and the family incurred medical and funeral expenses.

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